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Materials In Our Store

Our materials are divided into three categories. They are:

  • Children’s Books
  • Fiction Books
  • Non-fiction Books

Our Children’s Books are suitable for students in elementary school. Current titles include the following:

  • A Journey Through Time (Third grade textbook)
  • My Pioneer Childhood In Early Jay County
  • Tell Me a Story, Grandpa (Underground Railroad)

Our Fiction Books are historically correct. The characters are based on real people.

  • The Odyssey of  the Blue Swan

Our Non-fiction Books are divided into the following subcategories. They are:

  • Census, Directory & Land Books
  • Cemetery Books
  • Church Records
  • Communities
  • History Books
  • Miscellaneous Books

 

 

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Children’s Books

 

A Journey Through Time (Third Grade Textbook) 80 pages  $10

My Pioneer Childhood in Early Jay County 49 pages $10

Tell Me a Story, Grandpa (Underground Railroad) 12 pages  $5

 

 

A Journey Through Time 2008,  80 pages  $10

This history is the current third grade textbook for students in the Jay School Corporation. It tells the early settlement of Jay County, maps showing Jay County’s location, a time line listing the “firsts” in Jay County from 1816-2007. A brief history is given for each of the major communities – Bryant, Dunkirk, New Corydon, Pennville, Portland, Redkey, and Salamonia. Schools featured are Liber College, Farmers’ Academy, Eastern Indiana Normal School, and the current schools in the Jay School Corporation. The county courthouses are featured. This book has a glossary of terms and bibliography.

To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

 

 

My-Pioneer-Childhood-In-Early-Jay-CountyMy Pioneer Childhood In Early Jay County 49 pages  $10.00
Compiled in 2004 by Janice Stucky in 2004 for the Jay County Historical Society, Inc.

This book was compiled for 3rd grade students through elementary school.
As much as possible, the actual words told to early writers have been used. Each chapter is illustrated. Pioneers had childhood recollections of living in Jay County between 1836 and the 1860s. They include Joseph Cromwell Andrew, Rachel Beekman, Nancy Brooks, Benjamin Franklin Current, Martin VanBuren Coons, Elizabeth Caroline [Hawkins] Clark, James Daniels, Martha Jane [Hesser] Daugherty, Susan Comfort [Andrew] Daugherty, John Edmundson, Jim Edwards, Elizabeth [McKinney] Hall, Catherine [Shrack] Hartman, Joseph Campbell Hawkins, William James Hesser, Clarissa Hoppes, Elijah “Lige” Hoppes, Mary [Shanks] McCoy, Maria [Grissell] Meredith, Dilwyn P. Smith, Rachel Ann [Wilson] Steward, Abraham Studabaker, and William Garner Sutton
To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

 

 

Tell Me A Story, Grandpa  12 pages  $5.00
By Miriam Edmundson – revised edition
This is an original story about the Underground Railroad through the Balbec area in Penn Township. The characters in the story are based on Miriam’s parents, her niece, and her nephew. Betty is a fourth-grade student. She and her younger brother learn of the Underground Railroad Marker at Balbec.
To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may also call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail us at research@jaycountyhistory.org.

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Fiction Books

The Odyssey of the Blue Swan  446 pages   $20

The setting for this historical fiction anthology of stories is along the towpaths of the Miami and Erie Canal in western Ohio near the Indiana border. A great amount of credit is given by the author to stories and memories of Daisy Gast Peters and the stories from her mother, Leanna Keller Gast. The barge canal experiences of George Gast, her father were important.

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Non-Fiction Books

  • Census, Directory & Land Books
  • Cemetery Books
  • Church Records
  • Communities
  • History Books
  • Miscellaneous Books
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    Census, Directory & Land Information

    1840 Census  36 pages  $12.50
    1850 Census  246 pages  $25
    1897 A City and Business Directory of the City of Portland, Indiana  116 pages $5

    Tract Book of Entry (Original Landowners)   79 pages  $15

     

    The 1840 Jay County Census, transcribed by Rex Bertram, has an index of names. To purchase, contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    Rex Bertram transcribed the 1850 Jay County Census.  It has an index of names.  To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail: research@jaycountyhistory.org .

      

     A City and Business Directory of the City of Portland 1897 

    At that time only about one-half of the houses were numbered, so addresses have been given as near as possible. Names of heads of families and all children of school age have been given. City officials are listed. There is a street directory. Churches and their societies, along with secret societies, are given with meeting times. There is a business directory. Several businesses have advertising.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    Tract Book of Entry, transcribed by Janice Stucky and Nadine Miller in 2009, is an index to the names of people who first owned land in Jay County.

    They purchased directly from the government.  It is a reference to books in the Recorder’s office at the courthouse.  The index includes the following: township, section, acres, land description, and purchase date.  Patent deeds before 1837 will probably be in Allen County, as that is where the land office was located.  
    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

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    Cemetery Information

    Jay County Cemetery Locations 2011 5.00
    Bluff Point Cemetery 1845-2006 – $30.00
    Boundary Cemetery 1861-2000 - $25.00
    Green Park Cemetery 1886-1999 - $25.00
    Gravel Hill Cemetery 1896-2009 – being updated
    Salamonia Cemetery – East Park, West Park, and Grandview 1840-2000 – $25.00
    Tales of the Old Pine Tree [Mt. Vernon Pioneer Cemetery in Redkey] - $10.00
    Jay County Cemetery Locations
     was compiled by Jane Spencer and Janice Stucky in 2011. This book is compiled by townships, showing current township maps. It will give you the township’s name, current road numbers, old road numbers, the congressional number, tell you if there is a sign, and tell you if stones are visible today.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    Included in Bluff Point Cemetery , compiled by Kathy Selman, are a history of Bluff Point and plat maps of Bluff Point. Included are a plat of the cemetery, tombstone pictures and inscriptions, obituaries of burials with tombstones, known burials with no tombstones, military veterans, and an index. This cemetery is in Pike Township. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     Boundary Cemetery, compiled by Kathy Selman includes the history of Boundary City and Green Lawn Cemetery, tombstone pictures, plots, inscriptions, obituaries, known burials not in the record, military veterans, and an index. This cemetery is located in Pike Township.

     To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     Gravel Hill Cemetery is currently being updated.  It is expected to be available in early 2010.  A brief history of the cemetery will be included. Items in the database will include name, birth, death, section, row, and if the person was a veteran. The cemetery is located at the intersection of county roads 50W and 650N in Jackson Township.  

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     Green Park Cemetery was compiled by the Green Park Cemetery Association in 2000.  This book contains a preface, a map of the cemetery, section codes, miscellaneous burials for which no location is known, and burials in alphabetical order. This cemetery is at the intersection of W. 7th Street and Blaine Pike in Portland, Indiana. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    Salamonia Cemetery, compiled by Phyllis [Strock] Franklin, includes a brief history of Salamonia, list of lot owners, surveys of the cemeteries, burials without stones, veterans, index, and an interpretation of data. This cemetery is in Madison Township.

     To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    TALES of the Old Pine Tree were a series newspaper articles from the Times-Journal articles by J. Walter Fiers. They tell of burials in the Mt. Vernon Pioneer Cemetery in Redkey.  We have as many articles as we could locate.

    There is an index of names. Major family names include Allegre, Current, Evans, Fiers, Hesser, Manor, McKinney, Redkey, Roberts, Smith, Sutton, Wade, and Wilson  To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

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    Church Records

    Lutheran-Church-Records

    Lutheran Church Records 1855 -2006 Volumes I, II, and III  $50.00

    Abstracted by Phyllis [Strock] Franklin
    Records are from St. James Lutheran Church in Salamonia, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Recovery, Recovery Township, Mercer County, Ohio. This is a three-volume set.
    Volume I contains the following: Church History, German Places of Origin of Early Church Members, St. James Communicates from September 12, 1859 to April 11, 1879, St. James Families Recorded in Early St. James Records from 1880 to 1900. St. James Communion Records from 1908 – 1965. St. James Church Membership from 1968 – 2004, Trinity Communicates from September 19, 1869 to 1893, Trinity Families Recorded from 1880 – 1900, Trinity Communion Records 1908-1960, and Trinity Church Membership from 1968 to 2004.
    Volume II contains the following: Baptisms from the collective records of both churches, maiden names of mothers from the collective baptismal records, baptismal sponsors, and confirmations.
    Volume III contains the following: deaths from the compiled records, marriage records, and witnesses to marriages.
    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org

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    Communities

    Dorothy’s Dunkirk $20.00
    Early Post Offices $5.00
    Ghost Towns $10.00
    Recollections by Wm G. Sutton of Dunkirk $10.00
    Detailed descriptions of these materials follow.

    Dorothy’s Dunkirk was compiled by Janice Stucky in 2006 for the Jay County Historical Society Inc. In Dorothy’s words, “I have tried to write about our town as I have seen it through the years.” Born December 4, 1900, she lived to the age of 99.
    The book begins with recollections she wrote in recognition of the Sesquicentennial of Jay County in 1986. She wrote memories again between 1988 and 1993. Included are memories of her farm life in Zion School District in Knox Township. Pictures of many of the sites she describes are shown. An index of names is included. Original manuscripts used to compile this book were found in the Dunkirk City Public Library, including some articles from Dunkirk News & Sun and The Observer newspapers.   To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     

    Early Post Offices was originally compiled by Mrs. Robert [Treva] DePoy in 1966 as a report at the time of our state of Indiana’s Sesquicentennial. This book begins with information identifying early mail routes. Samuel Hawkins’ experience with some fugitive slaves is recounted. A table showing Jay County information from the mid-1850s includes post offices, postmasters, compensation and net proceed.  To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     

     

    Ghost Towns – Miriam’s description means these towns no longer have business places even though they may have churches and residences, or they may be in existence, but by the name given here they no longer exist. The revised edition has them listed in alphabetical order by townships. Some photos have been included. The 1864 county map and a later hand-drawn county map are included. There is an index of individual names mentioned concerning the towns. J. Walter Fiers tells of New Charleston in Wabash Township that “died a-borning”.  To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     

     

    Recollections was updated by Janice Stucky in 2006 for the Jay County Historical Society, Inc.
    William Garner Sutton was born August 12, 1828, and came to Jay County at the age of nine. His family was the first to have a cabin erected in what is now Dunkirk. When he was 88 years old, Wm wrote his recollections in notes. The original notes are lost to the current generation. His great-granddaughter, Janice Sutton, is credited for typing the oldest known manuscript of his notes, which appeared in the Dunkirk City Public Library. That edition was the basis for this book. An index of names is included.  To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

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    History Books About Jay County

    1864  M. W. Montgomery with index  288 pages $15
    1887 Jay County Indiana History Lewis Publishing Company biography reprint 514 pages $30
    1901 Biographical Memoirs of Jay County 2 volumes 572 pages (only one copy available)
    1922 History of Jay County Dr. M.T. Jay Vol. II biography reprint 540 pages  $25
    1982 Jay County History Hubbard Publishing Company 415 pages $15
    1988 History or Redkey 200 pages $25
    1836-1986 Jay County Sesquicentennial  97 pages $10
    1975 Bryant Area Centennial (temporarily out of stock)
    2002 School History of Richland Township, Book 1  140 pages $20
    2002 School History of Richland Township  Book 2 129 pages $20
    2002 School History of Richland Township, Book 3  165 pages $25
    2003 Dunkirk Sesquicentennial 35 pages $15
    2003 Historic Penn Township (eight books in one) 247  pages $25
    2008 A Journey Through Time (3rd Grade textbook)  80 pages $10
    2010 When Grandpa Farmed 2-volume set,   278 pages $25
    2011 From the Farm to the Factory – The Early History of Manufacturing in Jay County, IN  131 pages  $20

     There is a separate index included with Marcus Whitman Montgomery’s book. This is a reprint of the earliest known history of the county. It was written when Montgomery was a young newspaper editor here. An 1864 map, showing the major communities begins the book. Stories are told of the first settlers, organization of the county, college histories, and townships. It concludes with Civil War events. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .
     

    This is a reprint of the Jay County portion of the original book published by the Lewis Publishing Company as 1887 History of Jay and Blackford Counties. Divisions include general history, settlement, county government, professional, the press, natural gas, the Civil War, communities, and indexed biographical sketches. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    This is a typed copy, which was done by the Jay County Genealogy Society, of the biographical section only.  It is taken from the original book published by the Bowen Publishing Company as Biographical Memoirs of Jay County. There is an index. It comes in two volumes. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    This book was edited by Dr. Milton T. Jay, M. D. His book had an index Only biographical material from Vol. II was reprinted. This is the PART IV section of the original book. Many portraits are included with approximately 300 biographies. 

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org

    This book is a collection of historical sketches and family histories compiled by members and friends of the Jay County Historical Society, Inc., Portland, Indiana.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371.

    You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     

     

    Written by J. Walter Fiers, these books have excellent genealogical information of the pioneer families living in their districts is given.
    They were compiled in 2002 for the former Jay County Genealogy from a series of weekly newspaper articles of Mr. Fiers published in the Redkey Times newspaper. The articles are devoted to history of Richland Township schools, beginning with the Booth and Wade log schools.
    Major family names in Book 1 are Allegre, Anderson, Andrew, Andrews, Armstrong, Beekman, Booth, Bridgford, Bromagem, Brooks, Burns, Campbell, Caylor, Clore, Clouse, Coons, Current, Daugherty, Davis, Evans, Ewing, Hesser, Hoppes, Kern, Manor, Mitchell, Pierce, Redkey, Reeves, Richardson, Roberts, Smith, Sutton, Wade, and Wilson.To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .
    The building of the five Halfway Schools – three of which were brick – is told in Book 2. It is from the name of this school that the Halfway Lodge in Redkey got its name. Major names in Book 2 include the following: Allegre, Anderson, Andrew, Bell, Booth, Boots, Carder, Clore, Coons, Current, Daugherty, Dragoo, Evans, Ewing, Fulkerson, Green, Hamilton, Hesser, Hickman, Hoppes, Jackson, Kern, Manor, McKinney, McVey, Nibarger, Redkey, Reed, Rook, Shrack, Smith, Stewart, Sutton, Wade, and Wilson. To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .
    Book 3 concludes with Mr. Fiers’ obituary. Major names included are: Anderson, Bell, Bridgford, Brooks, Brotherton, Carl/Carle, Clevenger, Coons, Current, Daugherty, Dragoo, Dunn, Ewing, Fiers, Fulkerson, Gunckel, Hall, Hayes, Hesser, Hickman, Holley, Hoppes, Horn, Jackson, Kern, LaFollette, Manor, McKee, McKinney, Orr, Phillips, Pierce, Redkey, Rees, Richardson, Roberts, Ross, Smith, Stewart, Sutton, Wade, Whetsel, Whipple, and Wilson.
    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    Compiled by Oma Scruggs, Dunkirk-the Glass Capital of Indiana-Sesquicentennial, is a review of the founders, early churches an schools, the discovery of natural gas, businesses and the glass factories.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org

     

     

    Historic Penn Township is a compilation of eight small books about

    Penn Township for the former Jay County Genealogy Society by Janice Stucky in 2003. Titles included are as follows: A. EARLY DAYS IN PENN TOWNSHIP PUBLISHED IN 1926-1927 B. SOUVENIR BOOKLET, INDIANA SESQUICENTENNIAL 1816-1966 C. GRIEST 1915-1923 HISTORY Balbec and Vicinity D. YE OLD SCRAP BOOK Issue XII E. RUBY CROSBIE’S HISTORY F. UNDERGROUND RAILROAD G. FROM RUBY CROSBIE’S SCRAPBOOK… H. PERSONALITIES I. PHOTO ALBUM J. INDEX Some original materials may be seen in the Indiana Room at the Jay County Public Library, the Pennville Public Library, the Genealogy Department of the Jay County Historical Society, Inc. To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

    This history is the current third grade textbook for students in the Jay School Corporation. It tells the early settlement of Jay County, maps showing Jay County’s location, a time line listing the “firsts” in Jay County from 1816-2007. A brief history is given for each of the major communities – Bryant, Dunkirk, New Corydon, Pennville, Portland, Redkey, and Salamonia. Schools featured are Liber College, Farmers’ Academy, Eastern Indiana Normal School, and the current schools in the Jay School Corporation. The county courthouses are featured. This book has a glossary of terms and bibliography.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

     

    The history of agriculture in Jay County was written in two volumes.

     Volume I has the 1850 Agriculture Census of  Jay County. It tells the name of the owner, agent of manager of the farm, acreage, value of farm equipment, animals crops, produce, and homemade manufactures. It also includes an adaptation The Good Old Days, a collection of pictures and articles written by the Pennville History Club in 1970-71, under the supervision of Frank Cline. Names included in this volume are indexed in Volume II.

    Volume II includes family stories. Surnames include Avey, Axe, Bailey, Bash, Bernhart, Binegar, Bowen, Bubp, Bye, Campbell, Dilts, Fultz, Garringer, Giff, Gilpin, Glentzer, Haffner, Hammitt, Hedges, Hiles, Hilfiker, Hoagland, Hoover, Hudson, James, Journay, Larsh, Leavell, Locker, Longerbone, McBride, Miller, Morehous, Mumby, Odle, Oehler, Orr, Outcalt, Reinhart, Rice, Schmidt, Shawver, Sheffer, Sherman, Shreeve, Stolz, Simmons, Steed, Stephen, Stephenson, Stultz, Sudhoff, Symons, Theurer, Thomas, Treece, and Zimmerman.

    Two farm-related businesses are Caster/Hudson Wool, Hides, and Fur Company and Loy’s Sale Barn.  Jay County”s Hoosier Homestead awards are listed. An article entitled Three Out of Four – A Trip Around Jay County in 1889, published by the Commercial Review, tells of the editor’s travels around Jay County as he tried to renew subscriptions to the newspaper. The story is told of Norman Rockwell’s The County Agent and Rockwell’s visit to Jay County. The index for both volumes appears only in Volume II.

    From the Farm to the Factory – The Early History of Manufacturing in Jay County, Indiana, by Jane Ann Spencer, is a partial record of the early manufacturing businesses of Jay County. It begins with the manufacturing census of Jay County, Indiana, for 1850-1870. Included are the oldest manufacturers still in operation. They are: The Portland Forge, Verallia (a Saint-Gobain company division glass container factory formerly known as Maring-Hart, Hart, Armstrong Cork, Kerr and Ball Incon Glass Packaging) of Dunkirk, and Red Gold (formerly Naas Foods) of Portland and Geneva.

    Other businessses included are: Adams Stave and Heading Company, Bimel Auto Spoke and Wheel Company, The Creamery Package Manufacturing Company, known as the “Butter Tub”, Sheller Manufacturing Corporation, Portland Body Works, Joseph Lay Broom Factory, Standard Brush and Broom, Haynes Milling Company, Willman-Hampton Bakery, Portland Tile and Hollow Building Block Works, Journey Wagon Factory, Wilson Frank and Sons Greenhouse, CAAR Canning Factory, Knocker Shirt Factory, The Jay Garment Company and The Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

    To purchase materials contact the Jay County Historical Society at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. You may call 1-260-726-7168 or e-mail research@jaycountyhistory.org .

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